‘Lock and load’ means it’s safe, right?

June 7, 2008

pistol-140.jpgNote to photographers: With some major sporting events coming up involving guns, it has been brought to my attention that we need to fine-tune the way we photograph such things.  

You take this skeet shooting photo below. You could have shot it from behind, from the side, from an overhead vantage point… But if you can see the round holes where the shotgun pellets come out, you’re doing something wrong.

The same is true of this woman shooting a pistol. Again, wrong angle. If you can see her knuckle from the front, you’ve made a huge boo-boo in the area of where you’re standing.

Tomorrow, watch for my long-overdue memo on photographing archery and javelin events.

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Stephanie Tirode, France air pistol champion in 2007, takes aim during a practice session in Talence, near Bordeaux southwestern France, as she prepares to compete in the Beijing Olympics, on June 5, 2008.

France’s Veronique Giradet, skeet World Champion in 2005, demonstrates how she takes aim during in Castillon-la-Bataille, near Bordeaux, France, in preparation for the Beijing Olympics, June 5, 2008.  REUTERS photos, Olivier Pon

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Are we sure about the circumstances? The first thing I thought was ‘paparazzi’.

The grammar in Giradet’s caption is pure magic…al
ish.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

If only we could get defense Lawyers to do much the same thing.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

No, I will still not go with you to Spa Day.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

I my life, this would probably be best represented by a urinal’s eye view.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Dear Ladies,
Please move to one of the city of Baltimore’s more unrestful neighborhoods.
Thank you.

With the utmost respect and admiration, I remain your gun loving compadre,

Shawn

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

Go ahead…make my day!